Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
With a refugee father from Palestine and having had to relocate to the UK as a consequence of war in 1990, Dabbagh has personal experience of the trauma and loss that has affected two generations of children in her family. It was this that initially sparked her interest in child psychiatry.
In the 1990’s, Dr Dabbagh returned to her roots and published a number of papers as well as a book entitled Suicide in Palestine: Narratives of Despair. The book is the first anthropological study of suicide in the contemporary Arab world. It explores the effects of military occupation on the mental health of young Palestinians, the stresses and hardships as well as the resilience borne out of a sense of community and a belief in a cause.
Four years ago, Dr Dabbagh moved to the UAE to work in the Psychiatric Department of the Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority. Seeing that the sheer volume of patients and demand for mental health services far outweigh the supply of clinicians, Dr Dabbagh set out to create Camali Clinic, the UAE’s first truly holistic and multidisciplinary-led clinic for children and adolescents with mental health difficulties. The Camali Clinic boasts a team of experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists.
Dr Dabbagh completed her medical training at University College, London before embarking on her general psychiatry training at the Royal Free and Associated Hospitals and further specialist child and adolescent psychiatry training at the Tavistock Clinic, London. She has a BSc and PhD in Medical Anthropology as well as an MSc in Psychiatric Research from University College, London.
BASED IN: Dubai, UAE
LANGUAGES: English and Arabic.